The $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic 2021 Preview at Del Mar

Posted By Fairway Jay on August 20, 2021

The $1 million TVG Pacific Classic headlines Del Mar’s biggest day of racing during its summer meet Saturday. The 1 1/4 mile race has a field of nine runners with no dominant entry this year. Six horses have odds from 7/2 to 5/1 making this year’s 31st edition wide open. The winner of the Pacific Classic earns an automatic invite to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

The TVG Pacific Classic is Race 10 on Aug. 21 with post time at 9:30 p.m. ET and 6:30 p.m local PT. Fans wanting to catch the action can stream live on TVG, and also watch the other races from Del Mar.


That includes the two stakes races on the turf. Race 9 features the fillies in the the $300,000 Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. Then another Breeders’ Cup qualifying race ends the day at the seaside track in Race 11 with the $300,000 Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap at 1 3/8 miles. The winner earns an invite to the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

If you’re looking for an angle or profiles of horses that have won the Pacific Classic, then follow some of the speed figures the runners have posted most recent.

  • Ten of the past 11 winners produced a speed figure (Equibase) of at least 100 in the two races prior to the Pacific Classic.

That fits Express Train, Royal Ship, Tizamagician and rapidly-improving Tripoli.

Another angle is horses that won their previous race before the Pacific Classic have won seven of the last 11 Pacific Classics.

Many of the six top contenders have raced against each other before. and Express Train won five weeks ago and finished in front of Tripoli and Royal Ship.

The leading jockey’s in wins at Del Mar’s Summer Meet are Flavien Prat (26), Abel Cedillo (22), Juan Hernadez (21) and Umberto Rispoli with Prat posting by far the highest win percentage at 27% and highest in-the-money rate at 65%.

Check out all the sites, sounds and racing at Del Mar, and return for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 5-6, 2021 – “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.”

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Photo: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

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